Liver Disease in Cats

Cholangitis and Cholangiohepatitis in Cats Cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts) and cholangiohepatitis (inflammation of the bile ducts and the liver) are common problems in cats. Cats with cholangitis do not usually appear ill; cats with cholangiohepatitis usually appear ill. Cause The two main causes of cholangitis and cholangiohepatitis are a bacterial infection (pancreatitis, enteritis) […]

Ear (Aural) Hematomas

Why is an Aural Hematoma a Problem? A hematoma is swelling created by a broken blood vessel after bleeding has occurred inside a tissue. Hematomas in the earflaps (aural hematomas) occur when head shaking breaks a blood vessel within the earflap. The earflap may partially or completely swell with blood. The swelling may be so […]

Things for the Outdoor Cat

When thinking about the health needs and risks faced by cats, outdoor cats require slightly different care. For instance, indoor/outdoor cats come in contact with fatal infectious diseases transmitted cat-to-cat. Diseases like: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Feline Leukemia Virus Because of this, annual testing for these viruses is imperative. Vaccinations Indoor cats typically need core […]

Bones are Bad for Dogs

There are no bones about it, bones are bad for dogs. Even the FDA felt strongly enough on the topic and recently posted an article about the ill-effects of bones on dogs, pet owners should take heed; it’s something general practitioners, emergency veterinarians and veterinary dentists have said for years. Below are some of the problems: Pet Illnesses […]

Heart Disease in Cats

Cardiomyopathy in Cats Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heart disease in cats today. Cardiomyopathy means heart (cardio) muscle (myo) disease (pathy). Other cardiomyopathies in cats that you may hear your veterinarian discuss are: Dilated cardiomyopathy Restrictive cardiomyopathy Unclassified cardiomyopathy Dilated Cardiomyopathy Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) used to be a much more common disease in cats […]